Secrecy rules at Áras
AFTER intense scrutiny of the budget for running Áras an Uachtaráin in advance of last year’s presidential election, Michael D Higgins gave assurances that he would release full details in the future.
He fell at the first hurdle, when the figures released proved long on generalities and short on detail, and that pattern has continued over his lack of transparency when asked for details of his 12-day private holiday in Gran Canaria. Today, the Irish Mail On Sunday reveals that it cost about €10,000 to cover the security.
Of course, the President must have security and €10,000 is not too much. What is galling, though, is the continuing secrecy of the Áras, starting with the refusal to reveal even the destination of his holiday.